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Power

10 IT Power-Saving Myths Debunked 359

snydeq writes "InfoWorld examines 10 power-saving assumptions IT has been operating under in its quest to rein in energy costs vs. the permanent energy crisis. Under scrutiny, most such assumptions wither. From true CPU efficiency, to the life span effect of power-down frequency on servers, to SSD power consumption, to switching to DC in the datacenter, get the facts before setting your IT energy strategy."
Music

Submission + - Pandora closed for non-US citizens

Keetron writes: "Pandora internet radio seems to be closed for non-US citizens since last night 3rd of May. Why this is or is this is going on for some time longer I dont know. From the link http://www.pandora.com/restricted that is displayed when accessing Pandora.com from the Netherlands:

We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for most listeners located outside of the U.S. We will continue to work diligently to realize the vision of a truly global Pandora, but for the time being we are required to restrict its use. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative."
Power

Submission + - Electronic vote counting fails in Scotland

Simon Brooke writes: "Scotland is in electoral chaos this morning after a complex failure of an election count. Human factors account for some of the problem — two different voting systems were in use for national and local council seats, and voter confusion seems to have contributed to 100,000 spoilt papers. However, the electronic counting system has also failed, and in seven areas of the country the counting has had to be suspended, and in at least one the electronic counting system has been abandoned in favour of manual counting .

PS: Filed under 'power' because there's no 'elections' or 'politics' section!"
Graphics

Submission + - The Ultimate Graphics Card Guides

crazyeyes writes: "This Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide has to be the most detailed and complete comparison of graphics card specifications online. It not only covers 304 graphics cards, it also covers obscure companies like XGI and PowerVR.

There are also similar guides on workstation graphics cards and mobile GPUs . Great reference materials."
Linux Business

Submission + - OpenOffice + Linux = Crap

ramboando writes: Open Kernel Labs founder Professor Gernot Heiser had some blunt words for the OpenOffice community — the product isn't ready to compete with the big boys. In this story, he says: "If you want to be successful in open source it can't just be a 'me too' product. Anything that's not the best technology will not work ... enterprise is willing to pay for the best. OpenOffice is not the best ... it's the first thing that made me move from Linux to Mac," Heiser said. "Open source is creating the most pure Darwinist environment possible. It's brutal survival of the fittest," he said, surprising the crowd at CeBIT's Open Source Business session today. "Only the best software will be able to survive. Regardless of how free it is, enterprise will not use it unless it is better," Heiser added. Sun's Simon Phipps basically said he was talking crap.
Microsoft

Submission + - Silverlight on Linux? We're in, says Mono founder

El Lobo writes: The Mono open-source project will create a Linux version of Silverlight by the end of year, said Miguel de Icaza, a Novell vice president and head of Mono. Asked about plans for Linux, Microsoft executives have been non-committal, saying that it will depend on demand. But de Icaza, who is attending Mix, was able to commit without hesitating.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Linux: A Japanese Penguin

reporter writes: "According to a report by Reuters, Tokyo is aggressively promoting Linux in all branches of the Japanese government. The report states, "The central government has set aside 1.25 trillion yen ($10.40 billion) for spending on information systems in the fiscal 2007 budget, and the figure is expected to reach around 2 trillion yen when including local governments. That would be around roughly 15 percent of IT spending for all of Japan , including private-sector corporations, the Nikkei said.""
Google

Submission + - Google's Evil NDA

An anonymous reader writes: Google claims that it's motto is "Do No Evil" — but they sure have an evil NDA! In order to be considered for employment there, they require you to sign an agreement which forbids you to "mention or imply the name of Google" in public ever again. Further, you can't tell anyone you interviewed there, or what they offered you, and you possibly sign away your rights to reverse engineer any of Google's code ever. And this NDA never expires. Luckily, someone has posted the contents of the NDA before he signed it and had to say silent forever.

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